We got some exciting news last week, as we were recognized as “Most Innovative” during the LINK Innovation Competition.
The competition is held annually as a part of the LINK LTC Conference, and winners are decided based on audience votes and a panel of impartial, independent judges from various segments of the long term care industry.
Judging was based on need in the marketplace, uniqueness of the product, potential impact on long term care, and product readiness. Even though the award focuses on innovative products, the judges commented that our proven track record of having treated over 1,000 patients throughout the country was a key consideration in awarding us first place.
Our device, the SwallowSTRONG, deserves the credit for bringing us the award. The device uses technology to deliver strengthening therapy to patients suffering from dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia can be a big expense for long term care facilities, as patients suffering from it may need to eat modified diets, or be on feeding tubes. Dysphagia can also lead to further serious health complications, including aspiration pneumonia (where foreign substances ‘go down the wrong pipe’ into the lungs). Swallowing problems often develop due to weak lingual musculature, and the SwallowSTRONG helps to rebuild the strength of those muscles, ultimately helping patients regain the ability to swallow safely.
We’re so proud of this award, and so excited to share the news with you!